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Murugavel Janakiraman

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posted on 18th April 2010
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Young Turks Startup StoryMurugavel Janakiraman firmly believes that the Internet Œs power lies in its enormous flexibility and reach. He decided to leverage this power to provide a life changing service and launched BharatMatrimony.com in 1997. Starting off with a member base of 4000, today the portal is recognized as the No. 1 Indian Matrimonial Portal. It has within its folds 15 regional linguistic portals and has won the trust of over 15 million members worldwide. The company has been recognized by Limca Book of Records for record number of documented marriages online.

A Master Œs Degree Holder in Computer Science, from the University of Madras, Murugavel Janakiraman, started his career at the Chennai based Nucleus Software, from where he moved to Singapore for a brief stint. He has also worked as a consultant in the U.S for leading companies on software projects. It is here that he acquired valuable insights on Internet technologies.

Murugavel has been honored by the Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce as one of the Top 5 Asian Indian Businessmen in the United States (US) below the age of 35. He was also honored by the India Today Group as the Business Icon of the Year.

Murugavel leads an ever-growing work force of over 1000 people at BharatMatrimony.com. Gifted with an entrepreneurial mind & innovative business sense, Murugavel believes in maximizing the opportunity Internet has to offer and is keen to build a diversified business model for the group by leveraging the strong base laid by BharatMatrimony.com.

Murugavel heads the Consim Group as Chief Executive Officer, with the portfolio comprising of BharatMatrimony.com, BharatMatrimony Centre, ClickJobs.com, IndiaProperty.com, IndiaAutomobile.com and IndiaList.com. His vision to give back to the society through the Internet also spurred him to launch a no-profit corporate social responsibility initiative BharatBloodBank.com

All of just 38, Murugavel is happily married to Deepa and the couple is blessed with a 6-year-old son Arjun.

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